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    Given the following information for Acme Corporation, find the weighted average cost of capital. Assume the company's tax rate is 35%.

    Debt: 10,000 9 percent coupon bonds outstanding, $1,000 par value, 12 years to maturity, selling for 103 percent of par; the bonds make annual payments.

    Common stock: 100,000 shares outstanding, selling for $65 per share; beta is .95.

    Preferred stock: 15,000 shares of 7.5% preferred stock outstanding, currently selling for $80 per share.

    Market: 7 percent market risk premium and 5 percent risk-free rate.

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    Just in case you didn't know, I thought I'd first provide a little background on Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC). WACC is defined as the opportunity cost of capital for the firm's existing assets. WACC is a way of estimating the opportunity cost of capital.
    <br>There are three steps in calculating the weighted average:
    <br>Step 1. Calculate the value of each security as a proportion of the firm's value. Firm ...

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